Former World boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard detailed in his book his personal life “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring.”
In his upcoming autobiography, he made the claim of how he has been a victim of circumstances, about his use of cocaine, fathering a child at 17 and growing up in a household of alcohol abuse and domestic violence and how he was sexually abused as a teenager.
Sugar Ray Leonard won the Light Welterweight gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Prior to that he was the 1973 National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion and the 1974 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion respectively.
According to him, for years he had been haunted with his ordeal and decided to reveal it in his autobiography with the hope that it would help him in his healing process. His book is due to be published in June.
“I realized I would never be free unless I revealed the whole truth, no matter how much it hurt,” he wrote.
Leonard, now 55, is considered as one of the greatest boxer of all time who has defeated boxing legends like Wilfred Benítez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durán and Marvin Hagler.